What is a “maintenance cycle”?
A “maintenance cycle” involves running a full wash cycle without any laundry in the machine. Washing machine manufacturers
recommend that you may need to perform this periodic machine maintenance once per week — or at minimum, once a month
— to ensure that your HE washer remains clean and free from any soil buildups.
- Some HE washers offer a special cycle. Check the use and care guide to see if your machine has one. If it does, follow the
- manufacturer’s recommendations.
- If your HE washer doesn’t have an automated maintenance cycle, you may perform this function manually.
How do I run a “Manual Maintenance Cycle”?
Follow these steps if your HE washer does not offer a specific “maintenance” cycle.
- Select the hot water setting. If there is no hot water setting, then select a “white” or a “stain” cycle setting. (Note: do not put laundry in the washer.)
- Select the “extra rinse” option, if offered.
- Add hydogen peroxide (eco-friendly version) to the bleach dispenser. Alternatively, add baking soda, which is far more eco-friendly. Fill to its maximum level.
- Run the cycle through its completion.
- If the HE washer does not have a second rinse option, manually select an additional rinse cycle to ensure that no hydrogen peroxide remains in your washer.
- If your HE washer still has unpleasant odors, you may need to repeat steps 1 through 5 as necessary.